Aidan Hart laments the 'clericalisation of the laity' in the apparent intended role for nine new deacons in the diocese of Down and Connor.
Aidan surveys the spate of Catholic scandals that began in 1985, and calls for the global Catholic Church to be returned to the ownership of its lay people.
Irish abuse survivor asks to meet with Pope to 'understand better' the process whereby Catholic bishops are to be made accountable for handling clerical abuse.
In August 2018 the humanity and fallibility of the papacy was starkly revealed to an Ireland in need of healing and hope - and home-grown leadership.
In linking the cover-up of clerical paedophilia to the Catholic hierarchy's determination to preserve the appearance of clerical celibacy, Richard Sipe (who died on August 8th, 2018) is increasingly persuasive.
Does Bishop Leo O'Reilly's homily in Knock on June 17th, 2018, mark an important shift in the Irish Catholic Church's thinking on the state?
The ACI Future Families conference report calls for recognition of the families who feel marginalised and unwanted by the Church.
Philip McParland sees a new kind of Christianity emerging, ushered in by Richard Rohr, Brian McLaren and others - a 'spiritual path' rather than a 'belief and belonging system'.
With Pope Francis soon to come to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, his encyclical dedicated to the family - Amoris Laetitia - is especially relevant. Aidan Hart's article of 2016 gets to the heart of a papal document like no other.
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Deacons: clericalised laymen?
Erring Shepherds - Aidan Hart
Marie Collins asks Pope Francis to explain bishop accountability process: NCR
Pope Francis brings papacy to ground level in Ireland, August 2018
Has Richard Sipe explained the cover-up of clerical child sex abuse in the Catholic Church?
Christendom is over - in Ireland too, thank God?
Future Families Report - June 2018
Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love): Reviewed by Aidan Hart
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Respected Catholic commentator, John Allen, believes that the February 2019 summit of bishops in Rome could be critical for the present papacy.
NCR columnist links US Catholic opposition to Pope Francis to the tendency of wealthy US Catholics to reject the Gospel protest against favouring those with wealth.
Trinity College, Dublin, to hear more on the worldwide struggle for the just representation of women in the Christian and other religious traditions.
The USA's premier Catholic reformist journal argues that the present crisis for Pope Francis is 'make or break' for his papacy.
ACI calls on Pope Francis to accept Vatican responsibility for the failures of so many bishops, and to respond to Cardinal O'Malley's call for strong action.
Pope Francis calls for solidarity with all victims of clerical abuse, but does not resolve the question of the accountability of bishops.